The Little Supremes

Feldman for Supreme Court!

Have I mentioned that I love Noah Feldman? I also love Rachel Barkow, and so many others. My all-NYU ideal Supreme Court:

Rachel Barkow
Noah Feldman
Burt Neuborne
Anthony Amsterdam
Peggy Cooper Davis
Ronald Dworkin
Norman Dorsen
David Garland
Sylvia Law
Gerald Lopez
John Sexton
Richard Revesz
Joseph Weiller

I know that’s 13. Don’t care.

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For Future Reference

On behalf of Feministe:

At no time, despite any and all insults and accusations levied through this website, will Jill or I lower ourselves to the indeignanty of litigation.

Thank you, and back to your regularly scheduled programming…

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Links and Links

Redneck Mother – Not a Baby Machine (found via Twisty):

You have no idea what you’re trying to control, no right to do it and no way to do it to your misguided satisfaction anyway because women are not machines and reproduction is not an industrial process. Pregnancy is unpredictable, carries infinitely variable risks, and is so private that it is in many ways a closed book even to the woman herself. If she and her obstetrical team can’t shoehorn it into neat, predictable processes, why do you presume you can?

I Blame the Patriarchy – The Maiden Aunt Explains Patriarchy. This is my new manifesta.

Crooks and Liars – HomoMeter. Watch the videos.

Slate – Judge Alito, Why Do You Treat Women Like Little Girls?

Black America Web – Black Women in Corporate America Still Plagued by Double Standards

Huffington Post – What If the Supremes Overturned Roe? Thank you, Mr. Karabell, for stepping up and sacrificing your personal rights in the name of better political discussion. Oh wait. This one may deserve its own post later, but I’ll say for now that it’s unacceptable to sell out the basic rights of women so that the Democratic party can win more elections. Just because some of us will still be able to get abortions in some places doesn’t make it ok to give up the fundamental right to choose when and if to procreate.

Echidne of the Snakes – Boob Wars Part II: “Notice the language in the poll: “No. It’s offensive.” When the group that is discussed here calls itself “Breasts Not Bombs”, calling their bare breasts offensive is hilarious.”

Lindsay Beyerstein has more on the NYU strike.

Pinko Feminist Hellcat – Black in a White Nation

Thoughts from Kansas – Whiskey Pete: A nice summary of the American use of chemical weapons against Iraqis.

The Countess details how low “men’s rights” activists will go.

Alas, A Blog: On Victim-Blaming and Control

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Supporting Section 8 & HUD

An article from my dear friend Sean, who works in the field, about Section 8 and housing for low-income Americans (HUD, for the unfamiliar, is Housing and Urban Development). Section 8 is a good program because it allows, among other things, a greater degree of neighborhood choice for the families it helps. It also encourages mixed-income housing, meaning that one building will have 90% of its units rented at full cost, and ten percent of them subsidized. Taking a step away from housing projects — which reinforce cyclical poverty, encourage crime and keep poor students at the worst schools — is a step in the right direction. I don’t know as much about this issue as I’d like to, so perhaps there will be more on this later.

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No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No

I had to copy the LA Times’ headline on this one. Looks like Arnie’s in a spot of trouble over in California — voters there just rejected all of his ballot proposals. They also rejected a state-wide initiative which would have required parental notification for abortion. Way to go, California!

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the parental notification initiative is the one I’m most interested in. What’s notable, I think, about this vote is that the people who would be most negatively affected by it — minor females — didn’t have a say at all. It would be easy for California voters, who are all of majority age and many of whom are parents, to vote on their first instinct of, “Well if my daughter were having an abortion, I’d want to know.” And yet most voted against the initiative anyway. To me, this demonstrates a remarkable ability on the part of a large chunk of California voters to cast ballots in the interest of weaker members of society, instead of simply following their first knee-jerk reaction. I suspect this is rare in electoral politics.

In shocking NY news, Bloomberg won the mayorial race. Who would have guessed?

And way to go Dems for winning two important elections in Virginia and New Jersey. The Jersey race, at least, was hilarious in its utter nastiness, culminating with the former Mrs. Corzine appearing on a television ad accusing Mr. Corzine of abandoning their family and telling voters that he would also abandon the state. It does not get dirtier than that.

Of course, Corzine’s no angel either. One of his political ads featured a man in a wheelchair asserting that Forrester (Corzine’s opponent) doesn’t support stem cell research, and therefore doesn’t “support people like me.”

When the whole mess was over, Corzine celebrated his victory by playing a Bon Jovi song. If only he had been at the mall and had teased his hair.

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Everyone I’ve Ever Loved

is at Cooper Union tonight. About five steps from where I’ll be studying in the library. I hate my life.

If you live in New York, go. If you don’t, or if you’re desperately trying not to fail out of law school, be sad like me, because here’s who you’re missing: Edward Albee, Sandra Cisneros, Don DeLillo, Dave Eggers, Heidi Julavits, Walter Mosley, Grace Paley, and Salman Rushdie, among others. It hurts, I know.

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Newsflash: Fox News Biased

Only this time it’s not in their coverage, it’s in the workplace.

The commission claims that a Fox vice president, Joe Chillemi, “routinely used gross obscenities and vulgarities when describing women or their body parts,” language that it says Mr. Chillemi “did not use with male employees.” The suit contends that Mr. Chillemi “routinely cursed at and otherwise denigrated women employees,” telling them to “be a man.”

The suit charges that Mr. Chillemi, in a discussion about a television segment focusing on sexism in the workplace, said, “Of course I’d pick the man” if he had to choose between a woman and a man for the same position, because he was concerned that a woman could become pregnant and leave her job. Mr. Chillemi is described in the suit as the supervisor of the Fox Advertising and Promotions Department.

Shocking, just shocking. via Gawker.

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NYU Grad Student Strike

This has been brewing for a while, and it’s set to happen tomorrow. The situation, basically, is this: Under a 2000 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision, graduate students, who teach classes in addition to taking their own, had the right to unionize. They had this right based on the theory that they are both students and employees (duh). Under the Bush Administration, the NLRB was packed with anti-workers’-rights conservatives, who reversed this decision and said that universities don’t have to recognize graduate student unions because graduate students aren’t employees. That’s what gets me most about this situation — the disrespect and head-in-the-sand perspective that would lead one to argue that grad students aren’t workers. They teach classes. They grade papers. They administer tests. They hold review sessions. They do as much work for their classes as any professor does, and they’re paid a pittance in comparison. They’re a blessing for this university, and as a former NYU undergrad who took a handful of recitation sessions with grad students, I’m personally offended that this school would so deeply under-value the contribution of TAs to our education.

My favorite graduate student, whose name I still remember from my freshman year of college (Ailsa Craig, if anyone is interested) was the first person to teach me about the complexities of feminism, and to frame it in a way that was engaging and appealing. I walked into her class not really caring about feminism at all — we filled out questionaires at the start of the semester asking whether or not we identified as feminists, and I definitively circled “no” — and walked out at the end of the semester seeing the world from an entirely different angle. The incredible professor for that class (Rabab Abdulhadi, now, I believe, at UMich) was certainly a defining factor in that development, but it was in Ailsa’s small-group discussions that everything really came together. I have no doubt that she’s long forgotten who I am by now, since I didn’t say much, and what I did say was probably pretty ignorant. But I haven’t forgotten her, and what she taught me was so incredibly formative in my identity that I’m outraged at the university’s refusal to allow her and her colleagues the basic organizing rights that should be afforded to all workers. Teachers matter, and graduate students who teach are employees deserving of recognition.

Of course, universities still have the option of recognizing graduate student unions — it’s just a matter of whether or not they continue to do so. NYU so far has been willing to go halfway, but not to fully recognize the grad union and allow them fair bargaining power. More from the grad union is here.

This story is getting coverage far and wide. Even the Freepers are on it.

At this point, NYU administration is not negotiating with graduate students at all, and the strike is inevitable. I’m not really affected by it because I don’t use main NYU buildings, and graduate students don’t teach any of my classes; I also won’t have to cross picket lines to get to class. But hopefully I’ll have some free time tomorrow, and will be able to join them in protesting. Lindsay Beyerstein will apparently be down in my neck of the woods today, and anyone else who can take a few hours to come and join the demonstration tomorrow and until the strike ends would certainly be appreciated. You can read one grad student’s opinion here.

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Send ‘Em Back to Africa

Nah, this guy isn’t racist, just realistic.

The assiduously courted invasion usually rests on a curious idealism that I find hard to credit in adults. The notion is that we are all just people, brothers under the skin, that all we need is love and understanding, black and white together, kum bah ya; only a few reactionary forces need to be stilled to bring about universal bliss. This happy thought doesn’t surprise me among students in high school. Politicians aren’t.

Has no one noticed that diversity doesn’t work? Putting together peoples with little in common begs for trouble, usually with success. It is the chief source of the world’s bloodshed and enmity.

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Blogging is the first thing to go.

As I get over the halfway mark for student teaching, I take on the full load of students and find myself beholden to marking run-on sentences, comma splices, and blatant overuse of ellipses. To boot, I have coursework to do for my university seminar that I nearly forgot about.

I am also cutting it close on funds and have to begin looking for a job, one that will pay for the house, car, bills, Ethan’s tuition, food, natural gas, and soon, paying back an egregious amount of loan money. If you heart me, you might forgive me for begging and perhaps kick me a few dollars on the right so I can make it through December. [UPDATE: Also, it just occurred to me that if you don’t want to hand me money, you can always buy a BlogAd to advertise your blog, business, or services.] Do note, I will be available for web design in mid-December after I finish up two waiting projects.

Treat Jill and company well. I don’t know when I’ll be back.

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Me, Scary?


You Are Scary

You even scare scary people sometimes!

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The Mommy Shift

The LA times has an interesting article on the many immigrant women who spend their days as domestic workers, and then return home for their “second shift” as mommies in the evening.
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